Colts Lose Star Defensive Back for the Next 6 Games.

Colts Lose Star Defensive Back for the Next 6 Games.

Until the start of December, the Indianapolis Colts will be without one of their defensive line’s stars.

 

For the Indianapolis Colts, it pours when it rains.

The Colts suffered another devastating setback less than a day after news broke that quarterback Anthony Richardson would probably need season-ending surgery on his injured throwing shoulder.
Grover Stewart, a star defensive tackle, received a six-game suspension from the NFL for using performance-enhancing drugs in violation of the league’s policy.

The NFL issued the following statement in response to Grover Stewart of the Indianapolis Colts’ violation of the league’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs. Stewart will be out of commission for the following six games.
On Monday, December 3, Stewart can rejoin the Colts’ roster as a regular player. 4, following the team’s Week 13 matchup with Tennessee.

Stewart immediately accepted responsibility for his failed test, posting an apology on his Instagram page.

Stewart said, “I want to apologize to the National Football League, the Colts organization, my teammates, our fans, and my family.
The fact that I had broken the policy surprised and disappointed me. I respect the fairness of the game, so I would never intentionally put my team or myself in a precarious position.
I should have done more to educate myself because I am accountable for what I put in my body.
I’ll use what I’ve learned from this going forward to make sure it never occurs again.

Stewart’s absence from the Colts’ defensive core is a major loss. Stewart had formed one of the league’s top defensive tackle tandems with DeForest Buckner, arguably the team’s best run defender.
Stewart’s absence will now cost the Colts, who are currently 3-3, a crucial run of games.

This season, Stewart has amassed 20 tackles, two tackles for loss, and five quarterback hits in just six games.
With Stewart’s performance and presence in the middle of the defensive line, the Colts’ 3.7 yards allowed per carry in 2023, which is tied for ninth-best in the NFL, has been reduced.

Finding Stewart’s replacement will be challenging for the Colts.
The primary backup nose tackle has been Eric Johnson II, who may be called upon next.
Taven Bryan and Dayo Odeyingbo are additional candidates to start at NT.

We’ll have to wait and see how much Stewart’s absence will cost the Colts during these six games.

 

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